Reinstatement from Former to Full Registration

A former registrant who would like to return to full registration may apply for reinstatement. Former registrants include anyone who was previously a full registrant with the College but is currently not registered.

Applying for Reinstatement to Full Registration

Reinstatement applies to individuals who:

  • Previously were registered with CPTBC as a full registrant but are currently not registered; or
  • Had their registration cancelled following disciplinary action who are now eligible to apply for reinstatement (please contact the College directly to discuss)

Requirements include (Bylaw section 47):

  • A completed registration application
  • Evidence satisfactory to the registration committee of the good character of the applicant consistent with the responsibilities and standards required of a registrant;
  • Authorization for a criminal record check as required by the Criminal Records Review Act (BC);
  • Evidence of liability insurance in accordance with section 82
  • Evidence satisfactory to the registration committee of at least 1200 practice hours as a physical therapist in the last 5 years

Online Application

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  • Click on the Registrant Login button on the CPTBC website home page
  • Login as you have an existing account. Do not create duplicate accounts as that will result in delays
  • From the home page, under Reinstatement, select Full Registration 
  • Follow the instructions carefully to complete the form; you may save your work and return to the form as needed
  • Once the form is complete, click on the ‘Submit’ button
  • Please see below for details on individual sections of the application form
  • Documents that are older than 3 months will not be considered

CPTBC may require applicants to submit TWO notarized documents to verify their identity. Please contact to determine if you must submit notarized identification.

Accepted Forms of Identification

Primary Identification
BC driver’s licence or learner’s licence (must have photo)
BC Identity card (BCID)
BC Services card (must have photo)
Canadian citizenship card
Permanent resident card
Canadian record of landing/Canadian immigration identification record
Secure certificate of Indian status

Secondary Identification
School identification card (student card)
Birth certificate (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable)
Canadian or US driver’s licence
Secure certificate of Indian status
Canadian forces identification
Picture employee ID card
BC Services card (with or without photo)
Student, work, visitor, or temporary resident permit
NEXUS card
Foreign passport
Foreign Affairs Canada or consular identification
Bank card
Credit card

Identification documents must:

  • Be valid and unexpired
  • Be notarized and verified in their original form by a notary public or lawyer; other professionals will not be accepted

As per the BC Criminal Records Review Act, all applicants are required to complete a BC CRC at the time of initial application, and thereafter, every five years as long as registrants continue to be registered with the CPTBC. The BC CRC is a BC government-driven process. For more information, visit the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Record Check BC webpage

  • Follow instructions on the application form to consent to the CPTBC applying for the CRC on your behalf
  • You are providing consent to the initial CRC as well as a re-check every 5 years as long as you continue to be registered with the CPTBC
  • The College will initiate the CRC on your behalf
  • Some individuals may be required to provide fingerprints; the Ministry will contact you directly if this is required


Some applicants may be required to complete a fingerprinting process. This is a secondary process administered by local municipalities and federal or local enforcement agencies.

The requirement for fingerprinting and the parameters for determining who is required are determined by the Criminal Record Review Program and based on the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) policy.

The search requires applicants who have either the same name and / or date of birth and gender combination to provide fingerprints to verify their identity to eliminate the possibility of an offender changing their name to circumvent a criminal record.

Note that the CRC program is a government-driven process and the College has no control over this process. There are fees associated with fingerprinting and they must be paid locally. For more information on the Criminal Record Check, visit the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program web page.

Registrants are required to have, at all times, private, individual professional liability insurance in the amount of at least 3 million dollars (CAD) per occurrence (See Bylaw 82). Even if you are not employed or on leave – but are still a registrant of the College –  you are required to have private, individual professional liability insurance.

  • Upload a copy of private insurance certificate

BMS via the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Physiosure are two of the larger private insurance providers.

Applicants who have been registered with any regulatory (health and/or non-health) agency in the past 10 years must complete a regulatory history form:

  • Complete Section 1 of the Regulatory History Form (PDF)
  • Send the form to the applicable regulatory agency
  • The regulatory agency will return the completed form directly to the CPTBC
  • Please click here for instructions if the regulatory agency is one of the following: HCPC, CORU, Ahpra and some jurisdictions in India

Note: Regulatory history forms sent by the applicant to the CPTBC will not be accepted.

Applicants who have worked in jurisdictions (this might be a country or a state/province) that have mandatory registration for physical therapists are expected to complete a regulatory history form. This is a fundamental expectation of a member of a regulated profession, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to account for any lack of such registration.

This step is required for registrants returning from former status.

This step is not required if the returning registrant was registered in Alberta or New Brunswick and had previously completed the Jurisprudence module within the last 5 years.

The jurisprudence module is administered by a third party vendor named Yardstick.

  • You will receive an email to sign up and complete the Jurisprudence module
  • Follow instructions to register and complete the Jurisprudence module
  • You may take the examination as many times as it takes to successfully complete the module
  • Once you have successfully completed the Jurisprudence module, the College will be notified by Yardstick

Once all documents are received, the application will be reviewed and may result in:

  • Application approval, or
  • Application referred to the Registration Committee

The review process may take 5 – 7 business days. Although it may take longer during peak times.

Applications that require review by the registration committee may take up to 60 days.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by email.

If registration is approved, you will receive an email with a link to pay the registration fee.

Once the fee is paid, the registration is finalized and your name and registration number will be added to the public register. Check the public register to verify your registration status. Until registration is finalized, applicants are not permitted to practise.

Note: Former registrants may be required to complete examination(s), re-entry program(s) or competence assessment(s) as directed by the Registration Committee.

Application and Registration Fees

Fees include a one time application fee and an annual registration fee. The registration cycle runs from June 1 to May 31. Registration is renewed on an annual basis. All fees are non-refundable, not pro-rated and are subject to change.

Full Registration Fee Application Fee Total Fee
Reinstatement after less than 5 years $500 n/a $500
Reinstatement after more than 5 years $500 $200 $700